Kris & Bruce Jenner Separate; Celebrity Couples Don’t Always Have It Easy

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Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner say they are happily separated after 22 years of marriage; relationship expert, author Susan Elliott weighs in on the strains often put on a marriage in the spotlight

Kardashian clan matriarch Kris Jenner has officially separated from her husband of more than 20 years, Bruce Jenner.

“We are living separately and we are much happier this way,” the pair told E! News. “But we will always have much love and respect for each other. Even though we are separated, we will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number one priority.”

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Kris and Bruce are parents to two children together, Kendall and Kylie, and each have four kids from previous marriages. Decathlon Olympian Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner were married in 1991 and celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary. Although there were rumors of a split between the couple then, the family brushed aside the stories and said everything was A-OK.

While navigating the ups and downs of marriage is difficult for almost any couple, there are additional pressures put on couples in the media spotlight. We asked Susan J. Elliott, relationship expert and author of Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Youhow celebrities and “regular” couples may cope differently with a breakup. Here’s what she said…

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I think that all relationships are difficult but can become more strained when in the spotlight.

When I’m working with clients, most of them have the same issues (grief, starting over, secondary losses) that need to be worked through whether they are rich or poor, famous or not famous. The feeling of “failure” can be intense but I believe that it is more intense for celebrities. Not only have you failed, you have failed publicly.

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On the other hand, a celebrity may have the support of fans and the public that a non-celebrity person may not get. ... Most non-celebs don’t have the luxury of getting supportive fan mail when they’re having a difficult time. Some of my clients and readers feel very isolated and celebrities might have an easier time with that.

But sometimes, being the “bad guy” in a celebrity divorce can haunt you for years and can be a public relations nightmare in an industry that can punish you for being “out of line.” It is probably easier for non-celebs to recover from being the badly behaved partner in a bad breakup.

After a breakup, many people are actively grieving and not feeling like dressing up or putting on makeup. They will run out to the store in their sweats. For a celebrity, this will wind up splashed all over the nightly entertainment shows, web pages or magazines. Celebrities, no matter how bad they are feeling,

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have to “look the part” when they venture out, otherwise there will be all kinds of criticisms and rumors which just add to a person’s  misery. Non-celebs don’t really have to worry about that. They can dart out of their house without having to primp for the paparazzi.

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Then, there is Jennifer Aniston syndrome. Jen has been over Brad and Angie for years now and yet the media just keep it going. Probably no other person, celebrity or non-celebrity is repeatedly the subject of media coverage over something that has been a “non-subject” in her personal life for years.

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About Susan J. Elliott, J.D., M.Ed.: Susan J. Elliott, J.D., M.Ed. is the developer of the Getting Past Your Past series of workshops and seminars, author of Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss into the Best Thing [...]
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